National Topics

Apr 28, 2015

Abe won't attend Russian WWII ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend an official ceremony in Moscow on May 9 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II because of a scheduling conflict, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. He told a news conference ...

Osaka merger referendum gets underway

Apr 27, 2015

Osaka merger referendum gets underway

by Eric Johnston

An unprecedented referendum campaign on the future of the city of Osaka kicked off Monday with appeals from Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) and from the major established political parties, which all oppose him. On May 17, the city’s roughly ...

Apr 26, 2015

Abe jets to U.S. for high-profile summit with Obama

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Japan on Sunday for an eight-day official visit to the United States during which he will hold talks with President Barack Obama to reaffirm their countries’ robust bilateral alliance. One of the highlights of the visit will be his ...